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Henri Bergson was a modern philosopher who merged empiricism with a bit of rationalism to become part of a new empiricism that held room for intuition and movement with a flux through time He essentially refused sciences claim to explain the universe in mechanical conditions instead he considered life an unending creation a matter of change and time unlike something static In Henri Bergsons originally dualistic realm there existed the distinctive modes of consciousness or knowing analysis and intuition Intuition consists of an internal grasping of an object consequently capturing its very essence or heart Analysis is basically an external or relative way to understand something because of this it can be considered relatively superficial One of Bergsons working illustrations of these variances is that of time Within his works Bergson addresses the issues of knowing through the discussion of mathematical versus real time Through these explorations Bergson provides tenable grounds for belief in the intuitive knowing of the self and proffers substantial justification for that of other selvesFirst the characteristics to both modes of knowing are important Analysis or intellect reduces objects to elements that are already comprehended Thus analysis is expression through a function of something other than itself This means externally moving around an object in order to perceive it Other characteristics of analysis include transition or the development of symbols and concepts Intellect gives an incomplete representation because of its relativity or stretch into infinity As a method of positive science it employs mathematical time which freezes an object or renders it immobile Secondly In Bergsons own words intuition is described as a kind of intellectual sympathy by which we place ourselves internal to an object in order to coincide with what is unique to it and consequently inexpressible Bergson 7 Due to the direct connection to an object intuition is a simple act an absolute This entrance into an object or internalization then has the unrivaled ability to grasp
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